Currently a First-Level, General (Registered) Nurse
Hold a license in your country of
education and current registration/licensure as a
“first-level, general” nurse, as defined by the
International Council of Nurses. A first-level nurse is
called a “registered or a professional nurse” in most
Meet the Educational Requirements:
completed a secondary school education separate from
nursing education. Graduated from a government-approved,
general nursing program: either 4-years Bachelor of
Science in Nursing degree or 3-years Bachelor's degree
(General Nursing major).
Received theoretical and clinical education in each of
the following areas: nursing care of the adult (which
includes medical and surgical nursing); maternal/infant
nursing (excluding gynecology); nursing care of children
(pediatrics); psychiatric/mental health nursing (excluding
neurology); and community/public health nursing.
the Nurse Practice Requirements:
Meet the Nurse Practice
Requirements: Foreign Nurses must demonstrate that they have
practiced as first-level, general (registered) nurses for
a minimum of two (2) years after RN education.
understandable spoken English
In the U.S. companies where jobs are available, time is
money. Whenever a new employee is hired it is
imperative that the new person has the required language
skills. Because the employers are paying their managers so
much to train new employees, they have limited tolerance
for an foreign nurse employee who cannot understand what is being said
by the managers, or who speaks to the managers and cannot
be understood clearly.
the required English tests
ETS: TOEFL: Paper-Based 540,
Computer-Based 207; Test of Written English (TWE): 4.0;
Test of Spoken English (TSE): 50; or
TOEIC Service International: TOEIC:
725; plus TWE: 4.0 and TSE: 50; or
IELTS: 6.5 overall with a spoken
band score of 7.0.
scores are not required for university admission. But
foreign nurse students are expected to have this score in 12 months
after arriving in the USA. This score is required to be a
Registered Nurse in California.
Proficiency in skills claimed by the student
It is also
necessary that our foreign nurse candidates have the skills needed by
the employers who want to hire them. We have discovered
that it is not enough for the students to state that they
have experience in certain skills--rather, they must
demonstrate a high degree of proficiency in those skills.
As with the need for good English skills (as explained
above), there is need for new employees also to have basic
business communication and computer skills so that the
high level managers do not also have to spend so much time
in training them for their tasks. Thus, a company that
agrees to an interview with one of our foreign students may test
him/her by extensive questioning during a personal
interview and by use of a computer-generated test. Those
who do not show high proficiency may not be hired.
for your own personal living expenses throughout the
Pay for all the tuition and fees at the university.
for on-line RN study courses and RN exam fee
in studying a series of employment workshops.
in locating and obtaining an internship position.
Maintain satisfactory performance during the employment.
truthful and accurate information on your resume.
Present yourself and perform in a professional,
business-like manner while on the job & on campus.
If you are unable to report to work because of sickness or
emergency you must notify your employer as soon as
Pay for your own airfare to the USA and pay for any
vacation travel expenses.
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